Pre-Conference Virtual Workshops


Workshop Date Time
Digital Preservation October 25, 27, & 29, 2021 12:00 - 2:00 PM ET
Fine Art Insurance Basics October 26, 2021 2:00 - 4:00 PM ET
International Loans November 1, 2021 1:00 - 5:00 PM ET

Documenting Museum Collections

November 5, 2021 12:00 - 4:00 PM ET

*All session times for the ARCS 2021 Virtual Conference are in Eastern Time Zone.

Digital Preservation

  • Dates and Times: October 25, 27, & 29, 2021 12:00 - 2:00 pm ET 
  • Capacity: 25
  • Fee: $25.00 member / $35.00 non-member
  • Ern Bieman, Heritage Information Analyst,  Canadian Heritage Information Network (CHIN) 
Workshop Description: 

This three-session workshop is offered through the Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI). It will outline best practices for preserving digital information. Topics covered include appropriate selection criteria for physical carriers as well as tools for taking stock of existing digital assets and for developing digital preservation policies, plans and procedures. Software and hardware solutions for digital preservation in small to medium-sized heritage institutions are also recommended.

Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to: identify digital assets in their institution and assess the risk and impacts of losing access to these assets; develop a digital preservation policy, plan and procedures; understand the factors relevant to the choice of physical carriers; and install and use hardware and software for the purpose of preserving digital assets in smaller heritage institutions.

This workshop is aimed at curators, collections managers, conservators, archivists and other personnel responsible for the preservation of digital assets, particularly in smaller institutions.

Fine Arts Insurance Basics

  • Dates and Times: October 26, 2021 2:00 - 3:30pm ET
  • Capacity: 35
  • Fee: $25.00 member / $35.00 non-member
  • Deborah Straussman, Head Registrar, New York Public Library - moderator
  • Mark Ryan, Assistant Director of Collections and Exhibitions at the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Ellen J Holdorf, Director of Collections Management, Museum of Arts and Design
  • Isabelle de St Antoine, Account Executive, Huntington T Block
  • Nicole Sheley, Adjuster/Risk Consultant, NS International, Inc.
Workshop Description: 

The workshop will cover common insurance terms, how to decipher your fine arts insurance policy, insurance documents, working with your broker and filing a claim. Led by instructors including insurance brokers, a claims adjuster, and experienced collection managers, time will also be allotted to answer participant questions. Especially designed to be an introduction to working with fine arts insurance, you'll leave the workshop with a greater understanding and more confidence about working with fine arts insurance.  

International Loans

  • Dates and Times: November 1, 2021 1:00 - 5:00 pm ET
  • Capacity: 20
  • Fee: $25.00 member / $35.00 non-member
  • Caroline Davies - Senior Registrar, Collections Care and Conservation, Royal BC Museum 
  • Ceridwen Maycock - Manager, Loans & Art Transit, Exhibitions & Loans Programs, National Gallery of Canada 
  • Adrien Mooney - Museum Registration Specialist, Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of the American Indian
  • Leah Resnick - Senior Exhibitions Manager, Planning & Outreach, National Gallery of Canada
Workshop Description: 

This mid-career workshop will review the ins and outs of international loans, and what it is like to plan for art, natural history and human history collections to travel either as a part of an exhibition or on their own to other institutions. The workshop will include a component on considerations regarding loans of indigenous materials and works, both domestically and internationally. Planning, permits, Immunity from Seizure, crate lists, couriers and shipping plans will be some of the material we cover, with time to brainstorm your questions and concerns regarding your upcoming projects.

Documenting Museum Collections: A Primer on Archives, Contemporary Art & Ethnographic Objects

  • Dates and Times: November 5, 2021 12:00 - 4:00 pm ET
  • Capacity: 20
  • Fee: $25.00 member / $35.00 non-member
  • Susan Cary, Registrar and Collections Manager, Archives of American Art
  • Josh T Franco, National Collector, Archives of American Art
  • Maria McWilliams, Registrar, Allentown Art Museum
  • Grace T. Weiss, Associate Registrar, Collections, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Workshop Description: 

Documenting museum collections is a central function of many registration and collection management roles, which varies according to the nature of the object being acquired. Focusing on archives, contemporary art, and ethnographic collections, this workshop features presentations by Susan Cary, Registrar and Collections Manager at the Archives of American Art, Josh T. Franco, National Collector at the Archives of American Art, Grace T. Weiss, Assistant Registrar for Media Arts at SFMOMA, and Maria McWilliams, Registrar at the Allentown Art Museum, that delve into the nuances of acquiring and documenting objects in each specialization. Topics covered in this workshop will include donor relationships, acquisitions & born-digital intake for archival materials, time-based media acquisitions, co-ownership agreements, iteration reports, NAGPRA, the ethics of collecting ethnographic items, and cataloging resources for ethnographic collections. Through this multi-disciplinary review of documentation practices utilized in museums and archives today, workshop attendees will leave with the basic tools to confidently take on new acquisitions that require a specialized approach.

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